CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Department of Transportation expects $143 million in budget cuts over the next two years because of declining highway fund revenues caused by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
A 2002 study found 2.1 to 6.4 percent of Nevadans are problem gamblers or are at risk of developing an addiction. What will it take to adequately fund problem gambling programs? We talk with a UCLA professor who has been an expert witness in gambling problem trials and a Las Vegas Sun reporter about effective treatment and a lack of funds to help gambling addicts in Nevada.
Governor Brian Sandoval recently announced the state would add some money back into the education system in Nevada. Nevada's K-12 schools will get an additional $242 million added to their budget but Nevada's colleges and universities will get a fraction of that, about $20-million. Amidst those budget cuts is the threat that Nevada State College could be closed completely or folded into another schools. So despite the good budget news from the Economic Forum, the Nevada System of Higher Education is still on shaky ground. We'll talk with Regent, Michale Wixom and an administrator from NSC about the future of colleges in Nevada.
Governor Brian Sandoval is proposing a 33% cut to the state budget, which means state institutions like the University of Nevada, Reno, have to make cuts. The university may make a 72% cut to its cooperative extension program, which does everything ranging from teaching citizens how to garden, to teaching new mothers about breastfeeding and childhood obesity.
Governor Brian Sandoval wants to reform the state's education system by doing things like ending teacher tenure in Nevada and pushing for better charter school options for kids. These are just pieces of the Sandoval plan that officials in the Clark County School District will deal with. Also likely on that list is more budget cuts. This year the school board has three new members and a new superintendent. Carolyn Edwards takes the helm as chair of the CCSD board of trustees this year. We'll talk with her about the upcoming legislative session and her take on the real impact it might have on students in CCSD.
Regents approved recommended program cuts at UNLV.
Dr. Cecilia Maldonado, who is part of UNLV's Faculty Alliance and teaches in the Educational Leadership department, joins us to discuss the impact of the now official departmental cuts at UNLV. If you're a student or faculty member in one these departments we want to hear your thoughts. Post your comments below.
The leaders of four UNLV departments that are on the chopping block for possible elimination are here to discuss making tough decisions in the face of massive budget cuts.
Monica Lounsbery, Dept Chair and Full Prof, Dept of Sports Education Leadership, UNLV
Teresa Jordan, Prof and Chair, Dept of Educational Leadership, UNLV
Marcus Rothenberger, Chair, Department of Management Information Systems, UNLV
Lois Helmbold, Prof and Chair, Women's Studies, UNLV .